Blinn recognizes 50 Associate Degree Nursing graduates with pinning ceremony
Blinn ADN graduates rank among state leaders on the national licensure exam
May 7, 2019
Fifty future nursing professionals were recognized with their nursing pins Saturday, May 4, after completing the Blinn College District’s highly regarded Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program.
Blinn’s two-year program prepares students for a nursing career and for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year university. Beginning this Fall, the ADN Program will offer its program courses at the RELLIS Campus in Bryan.
The Spring 2019 graduating class includes: Stephanie Arana (Waller), Chancy Bader (Bryan/College Station), Leann Baumann (Snook), Sarah Bentke (Fayetteville), Taylor Bechtel (Hutto), Wenda Blackman (Caldwell), Rachel Blackmon (Franklin), Eric Blackmon (Bryan), Angie Bonilla (Bryan), Sarah Bothe (Brenham), Grayson Byrd (Rowlett), Amber Candelaria (Bryan), Myesha Carr (Kansas City, Missouri), Chris Catalina (Hearne), Rebecca Collard (Haslet), Abby Culbreth (Bryan), Savanna Delgado (Tuscola), Christa Fields (Houston), Rebecca Fitzgerald (Keller), JT Fletcher, III (Bryan), Kaitlyn Floyd (East Bernard), Brandon Gallagher (Abilene), Jordan Garner (Bryan), Krystal Gonzales (Pearsall), Chelsea Hahn (Bryan), Peyton Janek (West), Andrew Kesler (Bryan), Ashleigh Klawinsky (Troy), Jennifer Lopez (Fairfield), Mindi Maly (Bryan), Maggie Mathis (New Braunfels), Jennifer McKenna (College Station), Miranda Mitchell (Needville), Melissa Mueller (Azle), Lindsay Noak (La Grange), Lian Olf (Fort Worth), Mikka Pavelka (Gatesville), Brianna Perry (College Station), Hannah Remschel (College Station), Kirsten Riquelmy (Hempstead), Sandra Rodriguez (Bryan), Brandi Rogers (College Station), Carolina Ruiz-Velasco (San Antonio), Candace Slaton (Iola), Brandi Smith (Salado), Mary Stockton (Austin), Katey Vanadore (Bryan), Clarissa Velasquez (Schulenburg), Amber West (McKinney), and Ellen Withem-Lazarevic (Bryan).
Baumann, Eric Blackmon, Bonilla, Fitzgerald, Klawinsky, and Maly each graduate as members of Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society. To be considered for membership, students must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average both overall and in their nursing courses. Members also must demonstrate conduct on campus and in clinical areas reflecting integrity and professionalism, and complete a capstone project.
Students who complete Blinn’s ADN Program and pass the NCLEX-RN have a job placement rate between 97 and 100 percent and are qualified for a wide array of nursing positions, including pediatric, geriatric, hospice, school, and clinical nursing. New graduates can expect to earn an average of $53,000 per year.
“Blinn nursing faculty have designed a hands-on curriculum that allows our students to put the lecture material to the test through their simulation and clinical experiences,” said Karla Ross, Program Director. “The quality of the program is reflected by our students’ success on the licensure examination, but more importantly, by the graduates who go on to enjoy long careers as caring, compassionate nursing professionals.”
Nursing students spend at least two days per week in clinical rotations, in addition to lab, simulation, and lecture time. Most students spend 15 to 24 hours each week in scheduled program activities and dedicate at least 30 hours per week to study and preparation.
In addition to associate degree nursing, Blinn’s Division of Health Sciences offers dental hygiene, emergency medical services, fire science, health information technology, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, surgical technology, and vocational nursing programs designed to train students for high-demand professions.
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